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Sticks sprung from humble origins when, in 1992, Sarah Grant began carving ornaments and candlesticks from birch, poplar, and driftwood in a small studio in Des Moines. As her work began to attract national interest and demand for it grew, Sarah enlisted the aid of other local artists and expanded her inventory to include handcrafted heirloom-quality furniture, whimsical sculptures, and intricate keepsakes.

Today, the artists’ work is showcased in more than 100 galleries across the country. Their installation projects have even decorated the walls of Blank Children’s Hospital, the Animal Rescue League of Central Iowa, and the student center at Iowa State University.

Sticks artists can often be spotted by the shores of local rivers, gathering driftwood for their work. They assemble the wood into custom-designed tables, beds, and armoires within their spacious, light-filled studio before painting them with colorful, whimsical designs, from smiling suns and moons to lush landscapes. The versatile artists even take their tools and paintbrushes to homes, businesses, and underground mad-scientist labs to craft custom art installations and interiors.

3631 SW 61st St
Des Moines,
IA
US

Backed by the Verizon Wireless network, Shock City Cellular's service stretches through the nation’s airwaves. To support this expansive service network, each of Shock City’s physical locations operates according to three core principles: provide great customer service, do business ethically, and commit to staff development. With these guiding principles, staff members can help customers customize the retailer's two-year plans to accommodate how often they text, use data, and talk on the phone. Staffers are also always on hand should patron’s need a hardware update, with a selection of accessories and phones from venerable brands such as Samsung, Droid, and Two Tin Cans and a String.

3801 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines,
IA
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At Teddy Bear Connection, children’s imaginations run wild as they dream up stuffed-animal friends and customize them with clothes and a full boutique of colorful accessories. After they pick out a bear, kitten, zebra, or other plush friend, they hand their future friend over to a staff member, who plumps the animal with fluff, maximizing cuddliness but minimizing its ability to slip under doors and raid the cookie jar. Animals leave the store as is or can peruse walls hung with outfits and shoes for any occasion, real or imagined, with their owner. Creators can add a song or sound to play when their stuffed animal is squeezed, or record their own 10-second theme song, catch phrase, or campaign slogan.

3850 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines,
IA
US

Self-billed as a "funky little boutique for bellies, babies, and kiddos," Urban Belly's 6th Street retail space teems with fashion and gifts ideal for professional carpet crawlers and working mommies-to-be. Urban's staff lines the shelves with baby gifts such as nursing covers, diaper bags, and towel sets. For moms, the staff curates apparel that includes a lower-priced value-line of clothing. They also adorn hangers with an array of designer brands such as Oilian, Lilac Maternity, and Citizens of Humanity—which devotes a portion of its profits to various charities ranging from youth programs to stuffed-animal witness-protection programs.

312 E 6th St
Des Moines,
IA
US

We are a locally owned and operated DirecTV retail store with over 20 years of experience; which provides honest and knowledgeable sales, service, and installation of DirecTV satellite service, Qwest High Speed Internet, and Qwest home phone to both residential and commercial customers within 150 miles of Des Moines.

2217 East University Avenue
Des Moines,
IA
US

The German words vom fass mean from the barrel, an apt description of the concept at Vom Fass, where balsamic vinegars, oils, spirits, and liqueurs are aged in ceramic or wooden casks. Customers can sample any of the precious liquids—including Spanish balsamic vinegar and ginger sesame oil—before choosing a glass jar in which to bottle their selection.

All of Vom Fass's olive oils are made with the first cold press of Tuscan olives, which yields the most intense flavor. Some of the oils are unfiltered, which is responsible for the green hue and an abundance of minerals and vitamin E, giving the body the advantage of more vowels during games of Scrabble. Pistachios, hazelnuts, and almonds, picked by hand in France, flavor the nut oils, and in addition to cooking oils, patrons can find wellness oils packed with nutritional and therapeutic benefits.

833 42nd Street
Des Moines,
IA
US